President for lifestyle changes, modern facilities to treat mental
illness
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday stressed for changes in the lifestyle and setting up of modern facilities to address the growing mental health issues in the country which had already affected up to 16 percent of country’s population.
Addressing the inaugural session of the All Parliamentary Mental Health Summit at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said the sleeplessness and lack of exercise could lead to mental stress as sleep helped to wipe out unnecessary thoughts which otherwise burdened the mind.
The summit was organized by National Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals, Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning and The University of Manchester.
Convener of the parliamentary task force Riaz Fatyana, Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning Professor Nasim Chaudhry and Mayor of Karachi Wasim Akhtar besides experts and academicians from the UK, Canada and from across Pakistan, attended the event.
He said the happiness and stress were opposed to each other; however the social welfare tasks were always the biggest source of happiness. He said one should not link his happiness with the materialistic development as it gave a temporary and short-bout of pleasure.
The president said the biggest advantage of the joint family system had been socializing to know each other’s problems. He said as the people had started adopting individualistic lifestyle, they should yet be quick to share the problems causing mental stress which was also an effective soothing strategy.
He called for promotion of professional medical skills to guide the patients to help relieve their stress. He said owing to stigmas attached with mental health, the families usually avoided to disclose such issues.
As a solution, the federal government had decided to study the stress level of school children which would help trace out the root-causes of stress in their families, if any, he added.
The president also called for media’s role to educate the masses on mental health through awareness drives and dramas discussing the illness.
He strongly called for introducing a mechanism where the traumatized patients could contact to seek any remedy from experts, instead of committing suicide. – APP